Tag Archives: arithmetic

Arithmetic games – is that boring?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats.  I very much subscribe to this philosophy when teaching math to kindergartners.  As for the games mentioned, I love playing many of them throughout elementary school. In our math classes, we do a … Continue reading

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Entertaining kindergartners with caterpillars, dots, and monsters

Below is a guest post by my sister, Yulia Shpilman. We had a particularly wonderful class with my Kindergarten Math Circle last week and I wanted to share a few of our activities, in case someone else wants to try … Continue reading

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Why not count on our fingers?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. I would love to know the source of the very prevalent idea that counting on your fingers is bad. Our school is currently teaching counting and basic arithmetic using a ruler, i.e., a … Continue reading

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Conservation of fingers and toes

Zoe likes to play with my hands. She will examine the fingers, moving them around and pulling on them. And I, being who I am, find myself thinking, “Fingers are a great math manipulative. I should seize the moment and … Continue reading

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Lots of fun with Tiny Polka Dot

For a week in our kindergarten class we have been playing with Tiny Polka Dot!  I had been excited about these cards arriving for a while, and I was not disappointed.  They are colorful, sturdy and creative, and my students … Continue reading

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Great Mathematicians, Old and Young

Almost every week, I read or tell my second grade class a story about a famous mathematician.  Recently, we have been reading from the book Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians and the students have been … Continue reading

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Kids are like marbles

In addition to teaching Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and partially 3rd-4th grades at the Main Line Classical Academy, I am also continuing to teach enrichment math at the Golden Key Russian School.  There, I have two groups of Kindergartners, one group … Continue reading

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